Germany - Stage|Set|Scenery made a big impression with its successful launch in 2015 in Berlin. Now, the international trade fair and conference for event technology is due to go into its second round. From 20 to 22 June 2017 Stage|Set|Scenery will once again be gathering everyone who is important for a successful production. They represent planning, architecture, film, event services, stage, lighting, sound, video and media technology, make-up, costume and stage-set design, acoustics, studio, exhibition and museum technology.

Already, the first changes affecting the next event have b

UK - In 1995, construction work was completed on the world's largest Hindu temple outside of India. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - or 'Neasden Temple' as it is popularly known - has since become one of London's best known buildings.

To celebrate the temple's 20th anniversary, the socio-spiritual Hindu organisation, BAPS, decided to mark the occasion with a major event. PRG XL Video project manager, Nilkanth Patel, a regular attendee and volunteer at the temple, led the team producing the video for the event, which included former and current freelancers for PRG XL, Viral, Yagnesh

France - Tributes are being paid throughout the concert touring community to the victims of the Bataclan terror attacks in Paris on Friday. Among the 89 people killed at the venue were two well-known to members of the touring community: Nathalie Jardin, the 31-year-old lighting and stage manager, and 36-year-old British man Nick Alexander, who was touring with Eagles of Death Metal, selling merchandise.

Immediately following the attacks, Nathalie's father Patrick told French media that although he knew she had been working at the venue, he had been unable to locate her. It later trans

USA - Heading into the 2015-16 season, the New York Rangers and their fans had plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The NHL club had earned a team record 113 points the previous year and reached the Eastern Conference finals. Even better things were expected this year, when Rangers faithful gathered en masse at Madison Square Garden's Foyer Court on West 33rd Street in Manhattan for a celebration before the team's opening game. The throngs of fans on hand were able to follow the festivities on a large video wall made of MVP Ta8 Curve LED panels from Chauvet Professional.

"We had t

UK - dbn Lighting provided full illumination for the 2015 Manchester City Centre festive lights switch on, getting the pre-Christmas party in the north-west off to a rocking start. The event was hosted by popular local radio station Key 103's Debbie Mac with long-running soap Coronation Street stars Kym Marsh and Catherine Tyldesley. Record crowds - estimated at around 20,000 - were entertained by Scouting for Girls and Lemar, the casts of Cinderella and The Sound of Music, both currently playing in the city, together with a local choir.

dbn has been involved with the fu

No Words - The owners of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris have said they have "no words" to express their sorrow following last Friday's attacks. Eighty-nine people were killed and more than 100 injured when gunmen fired into the crowd during a concert by US band Eagles of Death Metal. "Our thoughts are with the victims, the injured and their loved ones," the venue wrote on Twitter. It also thanked people for the support it had received since the attack. Nathalie Jardin who was in charge of the house lighting at the venue was among the victims, as was merchandiser

UK - Liverpool-based Audio Install has carried out a major sound installation at the new 1000-capacity Bierkeller in Cardiff - the fourth Bavarian style emporium for brand operators, Burning Night Group.

For the optimum solution in a raucous, challenging environment (incorporating three separate bars with different requirements) he turned to the catalogue of the Harman Professional brands, and then called on the company's UK and Ireland distributors, Sound Technology, to provide sales and installation support.

Ian Davis's company based its audio design around a matched Crown / JBL V

USA - Scott Guenther of Full Stage Productions, Texas chose Arkaos MediaMaster Pro 4.0 to help create the haunting, atmospheric backdrop to aerial performances from Dallas-based dance academy, Dance Xpress. The production, entitled Smooth Operators, was a tribute to the music and work of English singer-songwriter, Sade.

Guenther used a single projector to project a mélange of imagery onto the back wall of the performance space, which mixed live and pre-recorded content for the show. Guenther filmed images of the dancers in stages of preparation for the performance - clos

USA - Everlast Productions, Inc. in Miami, Florida has taken delivery of 12 Clay Paky Stormy fixtures, which were quickly dispatched to the dynamic Fitness-Concert at the 8th Annual Zumba Instructor Convention. .

Everlast Productions provides creative and technical solutions for live event experiences worldwide. The company, which has a complement of Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures, decided to invest in Stormys after seeing them in action at an A.C.T demo. "The quality of the fixture was very high, and the light was phenomenal. We thought they'd be an exciting addition to our inventory

France - For nearly a hundred years Club de l'Etoile has held a very special place in the hearts of Parisien movie enthusiasts, its showing of overseas and arthouse films in an exclusive environment making it literally the star of the city's VIP cinemas. In 2015, Club de l'Etoile has embraced the digital audio age, with Yamaha DSP equipment chosen to ensure that the quality of film soundtracks is every bit as exclusive as the club itself.

Originally founded in the 1920s as Studio de l'Etoile, the venue has always been set apart from other Paris cinemas. In the 1930s it was unusual in

UK - Two new Soundcraft Si Impact digital consoles and an elaborate BSS Soundweb network have been specified and installed by Middlesex Sound & Light (MSL) at the new 650-capacity Blues Kitchen Brixton.

This is the third Blues Kitchen to be opened by the Columbo Group, following Camden and Shoreditch, but has been upspecced to take into account the higher calibre of bands that it expects to host. Brixton is also the first of the venues to feature live music on two floors.

MSL project director Darren Olivier recommended the Soundcraft Si Impacts for FOH duty on both the ground and fi

UK - Lighting manufacturer GDS won an award at the recent Bristol Post's Green Capital Awards, held at the city's Marriot hotel. In 2015 Bristol became the first UK city to be awarded the status of European Green Capital. This annual award, an initiative of the European Commission, is designed to promote and reward the efforts of cities to improve the environment. The city won the award by achieving high environmental standards, driving ambitious goals for sustainable development and acting as an inspirational role model to other cities.

In recognition of Bristol's achievement, the Po

Europe - Now in their 20th year of touring with Meyer Sound systems, Dave Matthews Band (DMB) once again relied on a Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system for its recent 20-city tour of European arenas. As the band's system of choice since 2013, Leo is the latest in a line of Meyer Sound loudspeaker systems provided by longtime supplier Pro Media/UltraSound, dating back to DMB's first major headline tour in 1996 with an MSL-3A conventionally powered loudspeaker system.

"I find that Leo is so transparent that I can mix without worrying about problematic interactions wi

UK - Westbridge Capital has led a £4m financing to assist DB Systems Limited with its future growth plans.

Established in 1994, Tewkesbury-based DB Systems supplies state-of-the-art audio visual and IT equipment, interactive software and temporary network infrastructure to trade shows, large exhibitions and live events in the global events market.

The business was founded by David Bulley who continues as CEO, leading a strong operations team with many years' experience in the events industry.

Sales and employee numbers have grown rapidly in recent years. The business now has

UK - White Light was recently tasked with working on two separate large-scale projects at the Barbican Centre, Europe's largest performing arts venue. The Concert Hall needed a major upgrade of its moving light rig and control system whereas the Barbican Theatre required a like-for-like replacement of its current rig, whilst incorporating some additional LED lighting. WL's role was to not only provide the equipment but ensure that this would enhance the performances in each space and provide an unforgettable experience for the audience.

The Concert Hall's moving light rig has to cope

UK - Lifting equipment specialists, Hoist UK and its sister company, Truss UK, have relocated to larger premises, a significant expansion and one which will enable both companies to move forward with their growth plans.

The new headquarters, comprising offices, specialised workshop areas and warehousing facilities, are situated on the Tarran Way Industrial Estate in Moreton, a location chosen for its accessibility to the M53 and UK motorway network.

The expansion reflects both Hoist UK and Truss UK's continued success and subsequent growth over the past 12 months, a year which has s

UK - The artwork Fogscape #03238 was presented at Lumiere Durham last week. Fogscape #03238 was a collaboration between veteran Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya and Simon Corder of London.

Conjuring the spirit of St Cuthbert's Mist, Fogscape #03238 was made of 1,500 high pressure nozzles along 150m of 'fog line' placed on the steep bank of the River Wear beneath Durham Cathedral. Nozzles, high-pressure lines and pumps were supplied by French brouillard specialists Dutrie.

Northumbrian Water poured 15t of mains water an hour to keep the show flowing. Two hundred light fixtures were inst

Mexico - Las Lunas Del Auditorio - Mexican live performance and music industry's most prestigious awards - took place at the 10,000 capacity venue and founder of the event, Auditorio Nacional. For the first time, the event's moving lights were exclusively Robe.

This vast production team from Auditorio Nacional was co-ordinated by Francisco Serrano, producer and director of Lunas del Auditorio, and general manager Salvador Vera Islas.

The striking lighting design was created by German 'Tiffy' Castellanos and the equipment was supplied by LED Project, both based in the vibrant metropo

Austria - This year was the sixth Lake Festival, the biggest EDM event in Austria. More than 100 artists performed on five different stages, including Avicii, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, Alesso and Tiësto.

Thirty six Clay Paky Sharpys, 34 Clay Paky Mythos units, one grandMA2 full-size and one grandMA2 light were used (along with other equipment) at the festival, which took place at Unterpremstätten on Schwarzl Lake.

The lighting team consisted of lighting designer Daniel Pusnik, and Manfred Nikitser, who dealt with the technical management and MA programmi

Chile - The opening ceremony of the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 in Chile was filled with colour and performances in the National Stadium, honouring the Chilean culture and the new generations interested in the local traditions. W-DMX was one of the stars, along with OEM partner Clay Paky, both brands distributed exclusively by Valook in Chile.

From Clay Paky there were 24 of the powerful new Mythos moving-heads, with 2 W-DMX Whitebox F-1 units, receiving the data from another WhiteBox F-1 at front-of-house. The setup included 12 dBi antennas on the transmitters and eight dBi outdoor ante

UK - Adlib has confirmed the acquisition of EFX Audio in Scotland. Since the early nineties Adlib has enjoyed close connections with numerous Scottish artists including Texas, Del Amitri and Gun together with their management and associated promoters. Naturally, through this, Adlib has also evolved a close business relationship with EFX that has developed into a genuine friendship.

Adlib's MD and Texas FOH engineer until 2014 Andy Dockerty recalls, "I remember mixing my early Texas shows in Scotland and being extremely impressed with the way the EFX sound systems were presented.

UAE - Sennheiser, in conjunction with UAE-based regional reseller partner United Broadcast & Media Solutions (UBMS) successfully hosted a workshop in Dubai on 12 November, 2015. Titled Broadcast Sound Perfected, the event aimed at informing and educating customers from the broadcast industry on the latest solutions from Sennheiser's ENG, studio and outside broadcasting (OB) product ranges.

Ryan Burr, technical sales manager at Sennheiser Middle East stated that this broadcast- specific event followed the success of the Business Communications Day which Sennheiser held in

Bulgaria - Located in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the new Kolodruma Velodrome and multifunctional indoor arena is the only indoor velodrome in Bulgaria and the largest in the Balkans.

The designer of Kolodruma is the Dutch architect, Sander Douma, creator of some of the largest velodromes in Europe, the most notable in Athens, Monte Carlo, Palma de Majorca, and Manchester. In addition to cycling, the arena can host 22 other sports and operates as a concert venue. It has a seating capacity of 4,800 to 7,500 spectators, depending on its use and configuration. The complex also has large undergrou

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